'''Asa Gray''' (November 18, 1810 – January 30, 1888) is considered the most important American botany|botanist
of the 19thcentury. His ''Darwiniana
'' was considered an important explanation of how religion and science were not necessarily mutually exclusive. Gray was adamant that a genetic connection must exist between all members of a species. He was also strongly opposed to the ideas of hybridization within one generation and special creation
in the sense of its not allowing for evolution, as he felt theistic evolution|evolution was guided
by a Creator.
As a professor of botany at Harvard University
for several decades, Gray regularly visited, and corresponded with, many of the leading natural scientists of the era, including Charles Darwin
, who held great regard for him. Gray made several trips to Europe to collaborate with leading European scientists of the era, as well as trips to the southern and western United States. He also...